BROOMFIELD — The opening three minutes of Wednesday's Tri-Valley League opener between Holy Family and Skyline will not make for good coaches tape.

A plethora of mistakes, miscues and turnovers had both benches questioning a lot of things.

The winner was going to come from the one team that shook off the rust quickest and held on to ball the most.

It was the host Tigers that hit the switch fastest, making the Falcons pay for 19 first quarter turnovers that resulted in a 22-6 first period run. It turned in to a 62-36 victory for coach Ron Rossi's team.

"All coaches have no idea how they are going to come back, but we had good practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but it is not like playing live," said Rossi, whose team improved 8-2 overall. "It was good to get out and run and feel contact, because you just can't create that."

Holy Family fell behind 4-0 in the opening minutes to the Falcons, but a 13-0 run by the Tigers mentally took Skyline out of the game.

Seven different Tigers scored in the first quarter, including Izzy Hren, who had six of her team-high 13 in the opening eight minutes.

"It was a good win in the way that we got back into our rhythm and played Holy Family basketball with pressure," said Rossi, whose team forced the Falcons into 30 first half turnovers.

Skyline (3-4), which is still nursing some injuries and was not at full strength, won the fourth quarter behind a game effort from Ashayla Powers. The sophomore scored nine of her game-high 16 points in the waning moments. Kylie Earhart finished with 10 for the Falcons.


"We had a tough first half and I think coming out of the break we were a little rusty," Skyline coach Luke Cerveny said. "I thought initially in that first half we came out with good energy, but give Holy Family credit, they responded and adjusted."

Holy Family will continue its Tri-Valley slate on Friday at Frederick. The Falcons will travel to Berthoud on the same night.

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At Holy Family

SKYLINE (3-4, 0-1)

Gabby Bustillo 0 0-1 0, Maddie Pitts 2 0-0 4, Kylie Earhart 3 4-7 10, Ashayla Powers 7 2-5 16, Madelein Mattila 0 0-0 0, Aly McKrola 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 6-13 36.

HOLY FAMILY (8-2, 1-0)

Kaitlyn Mckenzie 3 0-0 6, Genavieve Gudino 3 1-1 7, Dylan Sanders 0 0-0 0, Izzy Hren 6 0-0 13, Paige Giltner 3 0-0 7, Noelle Gardon 1 1-2 3, Ashley Ward 2 0-0 6, Amanda Ward 2 0-1 5, DiAndra Romero 0 0-0 0, Cecelia Aanerud 2 4-6 8, Cydney Pittenger 3 1-3 7, Erin Winters 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 7-13 62.

Score by quarters:


Holy Family22111811—62

3-point field goals — Skyline (0): None; Holy Family (5): As. Ward 2, Hren, Giltner, Am. Ward. Total fouls — Skyline 13; Holy Family 18.